On March 13th SNAP CEO Julie Honekamp joined City of Spokane Mayor Condon to introduce Spokane Ride to Care. This new program is a collaborative effort between a diverse group of healthcare professionals, community action agencies, health plans, and facilities to provide transportation for persons who call 911 for non-emergent healthcare needs.
The Spokane Ride to Care program stems from a recommendation made by the Mayor’s Task Force on Fire and EMS and provides an appropriate alternative to an emergency room visit for low acuity patients to help efficiently use local EMS resources and return them to service for more emergent community needs. “I am so proud that this community and our 13+ funding partners and vendors have come together to pilot Spokane Ride To Care,” said SNAP CEO Julie Honekamp. “This pilot highlights Spokane’s regional leadership and our can-do spirit. With the help of the Spokane Regional Health District, we will have strong evaluative data at the end of the pilot from which to determine our community’s next steps.”
The Spokane Ride to Care pilot is an innovative response to our community’s need to provide quality health care in an appropriate setting to individuals with low acuity health needs. This program reduces transportation barriers to care, improves the capacity of the local emergency system, and lowers healthcare costs to patients and providers. By providing an in-person assessment to determine their appropriateness for this program, patients are able to receive lower-cost same-day care, prescriptions and transportation to and from their home.
In the media:
Spokane routing non-emergency medical calls away from ambulances, ERs [Spokesman-Review]
Mayor announces Spokane Ride to Care [City of Spokane]